Back Pain During Pregnancy – Some ideas on managing it.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 April 2017 06:25 Written by Dylan Paydar Friday, 21 April 2017 06:11

It is not surprising that during pregnancy back pain can come on, given the facts that you gain more weight, your centre of gravity is lowered and your ligaments are starting to relax to prepare your body for labour.

pregnant-womanThe first “port of call” would be gentle exercises  to strengthen the core abdominal muscles which can help to take some of the strain off your back and prevent acute localised pain in your lower back. Exercise sheets may be available in the antenatal clinic you are attending.

If you are unfamiliar with core stability exercises, yoga or Palates, find the discipline of home exercise difficult, or would prefer supervised exercise classes with other pregnant women then a local antenatal exercise class might be the way to go. If this seems like too much try an aquanatal class, (water aerobics for mums to be).

For some women however, the pain is too intense to attend an exercise class or even to do home exercises. Typically women find the back pain most intense when they’ve been in the same position for a long time as the muscles start to become stiff. To self manage this, make sure to change your position regularly and use the appropriate support, such as a cushion when sitting. Regular walking can help too.

In cases where the pain is quite intense and intrusive it may be worth consulting with a chiropractor or other healthcare professional to see if a trial of treatment can help to alleviate the symptoms.

Whether your pain is mild, or severe, observing good back care rules to minimise stress on your back becomes even more important now, than before you became pregnant.

So let’s remind ourselves of these rules for looking after our backs. Firstly, posture can be key to managing lower back pain. When you’re moving around make sure to bend from the knees and keep your back straight. Don’t forget to move your feet when turning as this can help prevent excess twisting on the spine. If you sleep on your side use a pillow between your knees and if you sleep on your back try putting a pillow or two under your knees to help relax your spine whilst you are sleeping.

As well as the above remember to stand up straight and tall, hold your chest high, keep your shoulders and back relaxed and use a comfortably wide stance to keep your upper body fully supported.

In conclusion… Although back pain is common during pregnancy, it is important to make sure you’re getting the right exercise. Where pain prevents this, speaking to your GP or midwife (at the antenatal class) can be very fruitful. They might recommend you need some hands on therapy such as chiropractic  to help.

 

Edited by Dylan Paydar, Muswell Hill Chiropractic Clinic, London. N10 1ER

 

 

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Bank Holiday Getaway travelling – Advice from a leading North London Chiropractor to keep your back safe

Last Updated on Monday, 24 November 2014 05:37 Written by Dylan Paydar Thursday, 21 August 2014 09:28

Chiropractor North LondonBank holiday weekend is close and it’s a big one!  The August bank holiday weekend is one where all the kids have been off school for weeks and hopefully the weather is great.  Many people decide to go and visit family hundreds of miles across the country, a lot of people decide to go camping or to the seaside.  Whatever it is you are doing this weekend you are likely to be travelling.

As part of my duties as a busy North London Chiropractor I often advise my patients on how to keep their back safe whilst travelling and particularly driving long distances.

How to keep your back safe

Keeping your back safe whilst driving does not only involve posture,  you can do a few things to keep your back in good condition:

Avoid stiffness – You are likely to be stuck in your car for long periods of time this bank holiday weekend, this can mean being in the same position for long periods of time.  You should avoid this by doing shoulder shrugs, buttock clenches and foot circles.  Keeping loose and moving is important to avoiding back pain.

If your seat does not have a lumbar support, you should use a cushion or rolled up sweater to maintain the curve in your lower back.

Take a break – Of course you have to balance the journey time against taking breaks but definitely do not avoid a break.  You should be getting up for a walk every 40 minutes or so but obviously this can be unreasonable on a long journey.  Instead when you do stop for a petrol or food break,  please ensure you go for a brief and brisk walk and make sure you stretch out.  Your body will need it.

Avoid sleeping awkwardly – If you plan on having a nap on your journey (only if you are not driving of course!) then make sure you position yourself well.  What I mean by this is not resting your head against the window and twisting your back.  Invest in a good travel pillow and stay sat upright.

Compensate for your prolonged lack of movement –  When you arrive at your destination be sure to take a good walk and stretch out.  A brisk 20 minute walk will do wonders to avoiding back pain.

If you have any injuries or other concerns please get in touch with us as we offer a lot of help and advice to get you back up and running as soon as possible. You can contact us at the Muswell Hill Chiropractic clinic on 020 8442 008.

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What do Chiropractors do? North London Chiropractor Dylan Paydar shares his insight

Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 06:17 Written by Dylan Paydar Friday, 2 May 2014 03:27

Chiropractic Visit at Muswell Hill Chiropractic ClinicAs a chiropractor in Muswell Hill Chiropractic Clinic,  a busy clinic in North London,  many new patients who I treat have some idea of what a chiropractor does before coming to the clinic but are often surprised at what chiropractors really do.

You may be wondering yourself what a chiropractor does and I hope the following will offer you an insight into this.

Chiropractors specialise in diagnosing and treating disorders of the spine,  joints and muscles.  Although chiropractors are probably most known for treating back and neck pain we do have patients consult us regarding a range of other related conditions.

One of the key areas of interest of a chiropractor is a well-functioning nervous system.  Chiropractors work primarily with the spine to improve the efficiency of a patient’s nervous system and to release the body’s natural healing ability.  Chiropractors use their hands to make specific adjustments to a patient’s spine and joints,  they achieve this by removing interference that may be causing pain or impairing normal health.

The term Chiropractic derives from the classical Greek words ‘cheiro’ meaning hand and ‘ praktos’ meaning to use and means treatment by hand or manipulation.  It is a natural,  gentle,  drug free,  healing art that recognises the body’s self-healing abilities.

On your first visit to a chiropractor, the chiropractor will undertake a thorough consultation and examination which will include taking a thorough case history and full neurological and orthopaedic examination.  X-Rays and EMG scans are sometimes taken to check for any abnormalities or conditions which will help the chiropractor diagnose the problem and determine a suitable course of treatment.

The chiropractor will then undertake a detailed analysis of how your individual bones,  joints and muscles move to identify specific problems.

Should chiropractic treatment be appropriate for you,  the chiropractor will use gentle adjustments by hand  on the necessary joints to help you.  The chiropractor may also work on your muscles. Chiropractors use different adjustment techniques.

As common with medical practitioners and dentists, the chiropractic profession is regulated by law.

The Chiropractors Act 1994 provides statutory regulation for the profession and the title ‘chiropractor’ is protected under this legislation. The statutory regulator is the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and it is illegal to practise as a chiropractor without being registered with the GCC.

I hope that this has given you a better insight of what a chiropractor does.

If you are considering visiting a chiropractor in North London then please don’t hesitate to call us at Muswell Hill Chiropractic Clinic and see how we may help you.

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